Take This Waltz is a romantic drama film starring Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams, Luke Kirby and Seth Rogen. Michelle Williams plays the character of Margot, 28 who meets Luke Kirby (the character Daniel in the film). They immediately feel the intensity and sudden chemistry between them. Although Margot tries to suppress all these emotions since she is happily married to Lou (played by Seth Rogen) who is a cookbook writer. Take This Waltz will take audiences into a journey that often mirrors the images of our lives. It will thread along questions that we often find ourselves muttering unknowingly. Take This Waltz was featured in the 2011 Toronto Film Festivals and it garnered a lot of good reviews from critics. Let’s take a look at Matthew Tommey’s opinion on Take This Waltz:
“Take This Waltz: A Film That Brings You To The Complexity Of The Human Heart
I saw 30 films at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival and my favourite was a lightweight romantic drama starring Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen. Before you start rolling your eyes, give me a chance to defend my unexpected choice. I’d like to put forward two key reasons.
Firstly, the story revolves around a fascinating character. Margot is bright 28-year-old woman but she is also incredibly fragile and insecure. There’s a moment early in the film where she’s visiting a colonial theme park and gets picked out from the crowd to be part of a show. Margot is terrifyingly reluctant (you can see the look in her eyes) but eventually lets her guard down and enjoys the moment. When a bystander makes a wisecrack, she quickly reverts back into her shell and scurries away.
This is Margot is a nutshell. To borrow the lyrics from a Katy Perry song – “you’re hot then you’re cold, you’re yes than you’re no, you’re in then you’re out, you’re up then you’re down.” She’s an emotional rollercoaster – one minute she looks like she wants to cry and the next minute she can’t stop laughing.
I realise that Margot’s muddled personality will infuriate some filmgoers but I loved her complexity. Michelle Williams brings the character to life with her finest performance yet (and yes, I’ve seen Brokeback Mountain andBlue Valentine).
Williams was the strongest part of My Week With Marilyn (released back in February) but she received no help from the stuffy, disappointing script. That’s not the case here… which leads me to the second reason why Take This Waltz won me over – the level-headed screenplay from writer-director Sarah Polley (Away From Her).
Margot is happily married and lives a simple life with her husband, Lou (Rogen). With much experience in the kitchen, he’s working on a chicken cookbook with the hopes of getting its published. Lou is a nice, sweet guy. There’s nothing wrong with him and the two seem perfect for each other. You’ll get a clear sense of that as you listen to some of their silly conversations. They share a particularly cute moment on the couch while Lou’s on the phone to his editor.
You can read the rest of the review at Film Pie
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